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All my products are made to be the most delicious you've ever eaten! Painstakingly tested recipes, innovative baking techniques, and the very best ingredients set them apart. Premium chocolates, Madagascar vanilla beans, real butter, fresh fruit, and premium toasted nuts.

Everything I make is from scratch, including my fondant, sugar paste and modeling chocolate.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Princess Leia Cake

For my daughter's party with family, she wanted a rainbow cake with Princess Leia and Ewok decorations.  Star Wars episode 6 is her favorite movie, and she just loves Princess Leia.  In fact, on our recent trip to Disneyland, as we were in line to see the princesses at the Princess Faire, I asked Rachel which princess she was most excited to see, and she said, "Princess Leia!"  Too bad she's not there!  But they did have princess Leia toys at the gift shop outside the Star Tours ride, so she was really excited about that.

For her rainbow cake, I made six layers of white cake, dyed all different colors, and put vanilla pastry cream (what you put in the center of eclairs) between the layers.  Then, I frosted the whole outside in chocolate frosting. I just did a couple of simple borders on it, and then it was time for fun.  I made a batch of fondant and dyed it the different colors I would need to make Leia, an Ewok, and some trees to represent the forest of the moon of Endor.  I shaped all the little characters, with my children watching in fascination, and then stuck them on the cake.  I was very pleased with the result!

Rainbow Cake

5 large egg whites and 1 whole egg, room temperature
8 fluid ounces whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 scraped vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
9 ounces unbleached all purpose flour
12 ounces granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into 12 pieces
purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red food dye

Heat oven to 350. Grease, line, and flour 3 eight inch cake pans. Weigh your mixing bowl and write down the weight. Place egg whites and egg, milk, vanilla, vanilla beans, and almond extract in a 2 cup measure and whisk together. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in mixing bowl. Mix dry ingredients with paddle attachment on low until combined. Add softened butter and beat on medium until butter pieces are smaller than peas. Increase speed to medium high and pour in all but 1/2 cup of the milk mixture. Let mix until smooth, 1 minute. Pour in remaining milk mixture and beat 1 more minute. Weigh the mixing bowl and batter and subtract out the weight of the bowl you wrote down earlier.  Divide the remaining weight (the weight of the batter) by 6.  Place small mixing bowls one at a time on the scale and add the correct amount of batter to each.  Add food coloring to each bowl.  Place 3 colors of batter into the pans and bake 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks, wash the pans, grease, line, and flour again and repeat with remaining batter.  Cover cake layers with plastic wrap, and cool completely, 1 hour.

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